Student Accommodation in Cork

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Our quick guide to Cork student life

Cork, Ireland’s second-largest city resides in the province of Munster and is home to over 33,000 students. Located in the southwest of Ireland, the region has both flat and mountainous landscapes and a wealth of beaches and sea cliffs along its coastline. As a result, being a student in Cork brings the best of both worlds; a thriving cultural European City with top-class universities and colleges, alongside charming countryside towns.

Where can I study in Cork?

Cork attracts quality academic talent as a result of its various higher education institutions placing a strong emphasis on innovation, research and development. University College Cork is home to over 21,000 students from over 100 countries, making it the largest contributor of students to the city. The Cork Dental School & Hospital is part of University College Cork (UCC) too and is located in north Wilton, South-West of central Cork.

Munster Technological University (MTU Cork), formed in January 2021 through the merger of CIT (Cork Institute of Technology) and IT Tralee is Ireland’s second-largest Technological University. MTU Cork Campus sits on approximately eighty acres of land and is situated in Bishopstown in the western suburbs of Cork city.

Cork College of Commerce, situated at Morrison's Quay, is home to 2,000 full-time students and offers both full-time day courses and night school. There is a wide range of courses on offer including business studies, computing, child care and beauty therapy.

Cork School of Music (CSM) is located on the banks of the River Lee and provides advanced facilities on the city centre’s doorstep. It boasts over 50 music studios and a 385 seat rehearsal hall, as well as a music library, 120 seat theatre and recording studios.

What are the most popular student areas in Cork?

Cork city centre, Glasheen, Victoria Cross, Wilton, Bishopstown, Togher and along College Road are all popular. You may choose where to live based upon where you study or where most of your friends wish to live. Some areas offer quieter living with fewer distractions from the hustle and bustle of city life, whilst others are on the doorstep of the rich amenities the city of Cork has to offer.

What types of accommodation are on offer to students in Cork?

With over 700,000 rooms listed, StuRents is the UK and Ireland’s largest student accommodation platform. Depending on where you choose to live, there is a range of accommodation types to suit your needs and budget, whether shared flats or studios, to Cork student houses and short term accommodation options.

En suite rooms are available in shared cluster flats and studios within purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA), such as at Nido Student’s Curraheen Point on Farranlea Road. Uninest Melbourn Point in Bishopstown is well located for students of MTU. Amnis House on Western Road is on the doorstep of UCC. For Students of Cork School of Music and Cork College of Commerce, Lee Point is a good option.

On the whole, private halls often provide a range of amenities and shared facilities, as well as bills included rental prices.

If purpose-built student accommodation in Cork is not for you, traditional student houses in Cork can provide a more affordable option, providing the opportunity for flat-shares with friends. Bills are usually not included however so it’s important to ensure you budget accordingly.

When should I search for my next student home in Cork?

Cork student accommodation providers release their new season prices almost a year ahead of contract start dates. Further, some accommodation providers will offer “early bird” rates to encourage early bookings. They are a good opportunity to secure a discount if you are ready and willing to commit. Despite accommodation providers releasing prices this far ahead, the peak season for student house hunting tenants to commence in February or March, and activity builds each month to September.

When renting a traditional house with friends, it is common for your contract length to be the full calendar year. In private halls, 38 and 51-week contracts are more common, and usually start in the final week of August or the first week of September.

What transport options do I have when living in Cork?

Cork benefits from both local and national transport links. Kent Station is Cork’s main rail station, offering hourly services to Dublin as well as a range of regional towns and cities you may wish to explore when studying in Cork.

For international students, Cork Airport is just 8km from the City Centre (a 20-minute journey by car) with direct flights to nearly 50 International destinations across the UK, Europe and the US.

Cork’s bus network provides convenient and affordable transportation throughout the city with good connections to the main university campuses. Its main station is at Parnell Place in the city centre.

Cork is a cycle-friendly city and the local bike share scheme is an environmentally friendly and cheap way to get around, with over 300 bikes for hire throughout the city. You can pay hourly, or buy multi-day or yearly passes.